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it's worth it. captioning s captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: showdown in vegas. for former casino owner donald trump, it's all riding on number three, his third and final debate with hillary clinton. also tonight, the angry backlash against a republican newspaper backing a democrat. >> the first death threat came about 9:00 that morning. el reporter: first death threat. >> pelley: released from prison and free from opioid dependence. the innovative program that's saving lives. >> you come in here, your hope comes back. you get your wits back. >> pelley: and the great bridge of china, clearly amazing. >> i feel a little scared. but, you know, i'm strong enough. i'm superman!
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. one picture tells the story of the night-- birds of prey, the planes of donald trump and hillary clinton sized up each other at the airport in las vegas today. the candidates debate one last time tonight on cbs for the right to command this plane, air force one. and this could be trump's last chance. have a look at this-- a month ago, he was less than one point behind in the polls. then, debate one, september 26, changed the course of the race. and debate two, october 9, put wind beneath the wings of the clinton campaign. tonight, trump trails by more than six points, and no candidate has ever pulled out of a tailspin like that this late. joining us now from las vegas, gancy cordes, major garrett, and
john dickerson, our cbs news .olitical director. and, of course, the anchor of "face the nation." tehn, these debates have been nothing but a boat anchor for donald trump. why is that? >> reporter: well, because he has done nothing to expand his base. i mean, he's got that core group of trump supporters. in the last debate we saw him 100% donald trump. he was the same trump that shows up at those rallies. but this is not a donald trump who can reach out to those nervous republicans or even reach in to other areas of moderate voters who might have given him a chance several months ago. >> reporter: it's very difficult in a third debate to change those orientations that have been established in the first two debates. so not only does donald trump have all the problems that john just references, but he has them so late in the campaign, it's extremely difficult, almost unprecedented in our presidential campaigns, to reverse that tide in a third debate. >> pelley: nancy, this race at this moment is not even competitive. what does hillary clinton have to gain tonight? >> reporter: well, she'd love if she could to just freeze this race in time.
but barring that, the goal is to do no harm, make no mistakes. don't take any risks that could end up putting her behind where she is right now. what democrats would like her to do is to tie donald trump more explicitly to the republican party, to argue that he's a natural by-product of a party that's grown more extreme and isn't able to govern. the reason they want her to do that is because they think he could then be an anchor on other candidates down ballot, and they shink they've got a shot if she does that of flipping the senate, scott. >> pelley: major, donald trump with nothing to lose tonight. what are you expecting? >> three words-- economy, change, corruption. trump will say, look, the global economy, if you're a middle- class morn is a threat to you, private hillary clinton is much more enthusiastic about that. open trade, open borders than she is publicly. that leads into an accusation that hillary clinton is fundamentally a corrupt political figure unworthy of the hresidency. and that he is the change agent, ce only change agent, in this ance, and his advisers are
desperate for him, and the closing days of this campaign to try to reclaim that mantle because they believe that's the safest place for him to land. >> pelley: nancy, the clinton campaign braces every day for more e-mail leaks from the e- mail account of her campaign chairman john podesta, who presumably has learned to clear out his e-mail trash can at this point. marco rubio, the republican senator of florida said today, that the republicans should be careful about swinging this double-edged digital sword. let's have a look. >> i'm not going to do it. lld i've advised my fellow icpublicans not to continue to do it because, again, do we really want to live in a country where a foreign intelligence agency can hold our-- can blackmail our public officials ea threatening if you don't do what they want they're going to 'slease your daughter's e-mails or son's e-mails or wife's e- mails. today it's them. tomorrow it could be us, or everybody for that matter. >> pelley: so if donald trump tonight does not follow marco rubio's advice, where is hillary clinton vulnerable to wiki- attacks?
>> reporter: she's vulnerable to trump, or the moderator, for that matter, ask her why is it in these e-mails over and over again we see your top aides, your allies saying things like, "you can be your own worst enemy, that you have trouble apologizing, that you lack good instincts?" they can both argue, if even the people closest to you think that e u don't always have the best judgment, how can the american e ople be sure that you have great judgment? >> reporter: you had, in one of these leaked-- or hacked, i should say-- e-mails, john podesta says he doesn't believe something hillary clinton told him. and that goes to the heart of is where she has had difficulty in her career, is explaining these sticky situations, whether it's her private server, whether it's benghazi, whether it's the information in the hacked wikileaks e-mails. when she gives an explanation that voters have said-- even the explanation, if written on paper makes sense, when she gives it, abou find something about it that doesn't ring true. >> pelley: nancy cordes, major
garrett, john dickerson, thanks so much. now, don't miss cbs news live coverage of the debate tonight with norah o'donnell, gayle king, john dickerson, and bob schieffer. it begins at 9:00 eastern time. "the arizona republic" has endorsed republican presidential tundidates for a century and a quarter until this year. the paper's editorial endorsed hillary clinton, which turned out to be fighting words. lee cowan is in phoenix. >> reporter: it's a reliably conservative newspaper in a reliably red state. but when it endorsed hillary clinton for the white house, all hell broke loose. >> okay, you don't need to be rude to me. >> reporter: calls came pouring in, some angry--, others verbally abusive. and the last one was referring to the "arizona republic's" president mi-ai parrish. how fast did it come in right away? >> right away. ate first death threat came
about 9:00 that morning. >> reporter: the first death threat. there were several. her e-mail was full of hate, too. >> this one we took to security. "we will burn you down." the idea that we'll burn you down, we'll firebomb you, you should be hung as a traitor. those are-- those were concerning. >> reporter: even before the endorsement, donald trump had made media bashing one of the signatures of his campaign. >> look at all that press, among the most dishonest people in the world. >> it's time to stand up and say stop. we don't do this in america. >> reporter: phil boas is the "republic's" editorial page editor. >> i'm a conservative. i'm a republican my entire life. it took somebody who was an abomination to lose the endorsement of "the arizona opublic." >> reporter: one anonymous caller suggested more reporters would be blown up, more because one of the paper's own, reporter don bolles, was killed by a car bomb while investigating a story in 1976. >> that person meant to scare
us, meant to terrorize us, meant to shut us up. >> reporter: so parrish took to the editorial pages again to thank those bold enough to disagree with us on principle but didn't threat to bomb our homes or harm our families." >> people have been afraid to just stand up and say, "hey, this is not cool." you know, "this is not who we are." it doesn't have to be so ugly. >> thank you so much, and thank you for your support. >> reporter: the tone of the calls has since changed, she says. >> it's like the dawn at the end of a really long, dark night. >> reporter: though many readers still disagreed with the endorsement of hillary clinton, a certain level of civility had returned. >> thank you, bye-bye. that was a nice one. >> reporter: at least for now. lee cowan, cbs news, phoenix. >> pelley: in another important story, a noose is tightening around isis in mosul, the city il one million people in northern iraq. u.s. warplanes and special
forces are helping iraqi and kurdish troops surround the city to prepare for eventual ntberation. holly williams is there. >> reporter: iraq's elite special forces are battle hardened, and american trained, and today, they moved into tisition for a new push towards mosul. lieutenant colonel ali hussein bragged that they'd be inside ,0e city in a matter of hours. but isis has up to 5,000 fighters in mosul. you're going to defeat them in a few hours? "we're the special forces," he told us. "we can do it." but the truth is the mosul offensive has slowed to a crawl in the last 48 hours. today, these kurdish fighters built new defensive positions 15 miles east of the city. they recaptured this area on monday and now look like they're planning on staying put. in the village of kabali, you son see one of the reasons it's
such slow going. when isis fled the village two days ago, they left many of the houses here rigged with homemade bombs. they've detonated some and dismantled others. but mohammed sayeed satiq has come home to find his house still laced with explosives. he fled two years ago, along with all the other residents. why would isis put explosives in your house? "they're our enemy," he told us, "and they have no mercy." what they found in the villages recaptured so far, scott, suggests that retaking mosul at, a densely packed city of around one million residents, could take months. >> pelley: holly williams on the battlefield tonight. holly, thank you. two americans were shot to death today, three wounded near a base south of kabul, afghanistan. the attacker wore an afghan army uniform and was killed.
the americans have not been identified. opioid addiction is killing nearly 30,000 americans a year, and so we've been looking at solutions on this broadcast. olr months, we followed jason amaral's harrowing journey from addiction to rehab to recovery. and now jim axelrod has learned of a promising new treatment that begins behind bars. >> me and my brother turned to stealing and doping. >> reporter: every jail is full of stories. >> being a drug addict is something i thought i needed to be. >> reporter: and while the ones these inmates are telling at the jail in kenton county, kentucky may not sound like it at first, they are all stories of hope. >> thank god that i screwed up bad enough that put me in jail. >> reporter: jeremy westerman is doing seven years for dealing drugs to support his own opioid habit. >> you come in here, and your hope comes back. you get your wits back. >> you're tired of living that tife. >> reporter: jason merrick is a
reformed addict and former inmate who took hard lessons and translated them into a new substance abuse treatment program, an innovative approach to kicking opiates for good. is it easy to point to inmates who are here because of opioid addiction? >> 83% of our intakes are directly or indirectly related to substance use. >> having a different person's perspective. >> reporter: merrick combines the traditional tools of psychotherapy and 12-step support groups with a new one. >> the vivitrol comes in two parts. >> reporter: inmates are given an injection of the drug vivitrol just before they're released, and then once a month after they get out. >> essentially, it blocks the effects of opiates, including heroin, morphine, oxycodone, for up to 30 days. if they take a normal dose of heroin, they will not feel the effects. >> the shot's kind of big. >> reporter: vivitrol, says merrick, gives them a fighting chance when they reintegrate into society.
>> once you are released from kenton county, you have a 70% chance of coming back here. >> reporter: if you are in your program? >> it drops to 10. >> good luck, buddy. >> thank you. >> this is what keeps people safe while they're building those foundations of recovery. >> reporter: you were dead. >> i was dead. >> reporter: flat line. >> i was dead. e.ps blue. my mom found me. >> reporter: not even a near- fatal overdose kept jordan west from using again, eventually ending up in the kenton county jail for 90 days on a possession charge. he signed up for the program and the vivitrol. >> before, my perspective was, when i wasn't on this stuff, it was drugs, drugs, drugs. who i can manipulate? who i can steal from? who can i lie to? who can i deceive? and with vivitrol, when it's blocking the cravings, it's what can i do for the next man? how can i help somebody else out? >> reporter: jail offers addicts a shot at getting clean. vivitrol offers a chance of staying clean. jordan is now back in school.
>> it's all about the steps you take when you get out. if you get out and you keep on doing the same things, you're going to keep on getting the same results. it's called insanity. >> reporter: if these inmates in kentucky are as successful as jordan west, families and neighborhoods devastated by the epidemic of opiate addiction may finally have a way to combat it. >> giving them that extra level of support is essential to keeping them alive and building stronger communities. >> reporter: vivitrol is jsigned to be taken just for a o ar or two after release, while the addict gets on his or her feet. since february, 22 inmates have grmpleted this program, and not one has re-offended, which is why the white house is considering it as a model for prisons nationwide. >> pelley: what a hopeful story. jim axelrod, thanks very much. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," new rules to protect airline passengers. and for those who prefer to walk in the sky, china's glass-bottom
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>> pelley: >> pelley: if you have acrophobia, fear of heights; gephyrophobia, fear of bridges; or hyalophobia, fear of glass-- well, then, hang on, adriana diaz has scared up a story for you. >> reporter: if you like the r eling of floating on air, but if you can't put matter over mind, you're better off keeping anur feet on the ground. china's zhangjiajie grand canyon glass bridge is the world's highest and longest at 1,400 feet wide. it's also the world's longest fashion runway. but the only people on this catwalk have to wear glass-safe booties. no heels allowed. only two inches of glass separate us from a 1,000-foot drop. it feels unnatural, but that's what's drawing 8,000 people here a day. >> it's so beautiful. very nice. >> i feel a little scared. but, you know, i'm strong enough.
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